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Thank you note from Danny Nightingale

January 7th, 2013 by

Happy New Year!

A couple of months ago, Sergeant Danny Nightingale was released after nearly 110,000 38 Degrees members signed a petition calling for his release. Between us, we also raised more than £40,000 to help Danny cover the legal costs of winning his freedom. 

Danny wanted to say thank you for the support and incredible generosity 38 Degrees members showed him – so he’s asked the office team to share this note with you:


Dear friends,

Words can’t properly express how much your help has meant to me over the last couple of months. We’ve never met before – but a few weeks ago thousands of you stood up and did everything you could to help me in my hour of need. You gave your time, your support and your money, and you’ve helped change my life. I can never say it enough – from myself, my wife Sally, and our little girls Alys and Mara: thank you.

I knew while I was in jail that there was some support “out there” but I had no idea just how many of you were standing behind me. So when I sat there in court and heard my lawyers telling everyone there was a 38 Degrees petition supporting me with over 109,000 signatures – well, it was just incredible.

Your petition was vital in showing that there was no public interest in keeping me behind bars – it played a crucial role in getting my appeal brought forward. Without your help, I wouldn’t have been at home to spend Christmas with my family.

A few days ago, I received the money you donated to help pay for my legal costs. Whether you gave £1 or £100, your generosity has been truly humbling. Winning my freedom came at a cost that placed a huge burden on me and my family – and the £40,000 you raised for us has lifted a massive weight of our shoulders.

To all of you, thank you so very much for everything you’ve done for me and my family.

Take care and Happy New Year

Danny Nightingale


The petition that helped get Danny freed was started by 38 Degrees member Pat Johnson on the new ‘Campaigns by You’ part of the 38 Degrees site. ‘Campaigns by You’ lets anyone set up and run their own campaigns on any issue they want – big or small, local or national. Click here to find out more or start a petition: http://you.38degrees.org.uk

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Danny Nightingale: Legal Costs Update

November 26th, 2012 by

Update: Great news! We’ve raised more than £32,000 towards Sergeant Danny Nightingale’s legal costs in just two days! Thank you to everyone who’s donated so far.

The Nightingales still have £38,000 of legal fees to pay. Click here to make a secure donation to help the Nightingales with the rest of their legal costs.


Sergeant Danny Nightingale’s future is hanging the in the balance. In just a few days, an appeal court will decide whether he‘ll spend the next 18 months in jail or be released in time to be home for Christmas with his family. The Nightingales’ lawyers are working night and day to get his unfair sentence overturned.

But lawyers are expensive. And not only are Mrs Nightingale and her small children still facing the possibility of eviction from their home, they are already saddled with £70,000 of unpaid legal costs - and the bill is growing every day.

But what if we all chipped in to help cover their legal costs? There are more than 60,000 of us on the petition - we could wipe the slate clean in one go! We can make sure that as Danny’s appeal date approaches, the only thing he and his wife have to worry about is winning his freedom.

Click here to make a donation to help the Nightingales.

38 Degrees member Pat’s petition to free Danny now has over 60,000 signatures, and it’s already made a difference – Danny’s lawyers have told us that because of the public outcry about his sentence, his appeal date has been brought forward.

This means Danny could be home for Christmas – in a large part thanks to the role thousands of us have played in signing the petition to free him. But even if Danny does get the justice he deserves, it could be a tough Christmas for the Nightingales.His army pay has been cut off and the family have no income with which to pay their hefty legal debts.

But we could help them. We’ve seen time and time again how 38 Degrees members can come together to make the world a better, fairer place. We can change lives. This is our chance to do something incredible to help the Nightingales in their hour of need.

Click here to make a donation.


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Danny Nightingale: Guest Post from Simon McKay

November 26th, 2012 by

Pat Johnson, a 38 Degrees member, has set up a petition on the new Campaigns by You area of the 38 Degrees website. The petition calls for the release of Sergeant Danny Nightingale who was jailed to 18 months’ detention for possessing a pistol given to him as a gift by soldiers he had trained in the Iraqi army.

Danny Nightingale’s solicitor is Simon McKay. In this guest blog, he discusses ‘the public interest’ and the importance of the Campaigns by You petition to Danny Nightingale’s appeal against his sentence.  

The newspapers have been filled with thousands of words about Sergeant Nightingale’s plight since he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months’ detention on 6th November. Earlier this week, The Times published a leader headed “Soldier’s Misfortune”. It argued that politicians are right to keep their distance from judges’ decisions but that this principle was “undermined when courts cannot be trusted to behave with sense”.

After the reaction to the detention of my client SAS Sergeant Danny Nightingale, I have been thinking about what we mean by ‘the public interest.’ It is important that lawyers and judges remember that they must serve and have the confidence of the people. If the people do not trust that criminal prosecutions are carried out with their security and happiness in mind, the criminal justice system risks becoming ineffective.

Danny Nightingale pleaded guilty because he believed that if he didn’t, he would face the risk of a five year jail term. It was unthinkable he would make his family suffer based on an outcome beyond his control.

The appeal against his sentence is next Thursday. Central to the case will be the issue of the public interest and the tens of thousands of signatures in his support on the Campaigns by You petition hosted by 38 Degrees. Every name on the petition counts as it strengthens the argument that the decision to imprison Sergeant Nightingale is not in the public interest.

If Sergeant Nightingale’s conviction is quashed on Thursday, the judges will need to decide whether there should be a re-trial and again, they will have to consider the public interest when they make that decision. The position then is as it was put in The Times: “if the proper channels cannot put this right, then the proper channels have a problem”.

Right now the consensus is that justice has miscarried. Our courts are not faultless but they have a great tradition of recognising when they have made a mistake. I hope the balance is restored next week. Your support will, I am sure, be recognised as a reflection of the majority of the people that the Court serves.

You can sign the petition here.

What do you think of Simon’s blog and the public interest? Please share your comments and thoughts below.

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